Focusing on a particular item of clothing, the author takes the reader through the process from start to finish. For example, with Jean made from cotton, we see how the plants are grown, harvested and processed, how the fibres are rolled, pulled, stretched, wound, and dyed, how the yarn is woven to make cloth and then how the cloth is then cut and sewn into the jeans we wear.
This same process is also followed for jumpers made from wool, party dresses made from silk, football uniforms made from synthetic fibres, fleece made from recycled plastics, and gum boots made from rubber. Each four page spread also includes further insight into the history of the material (such as the use of linen made from flax plants in ancient Egypt) and the other animals and plants materials can be harvested from (i.e. In different countries around the world, wool is also used from Bison, rabbits, and alpacas - just to name a few!)
When read with an adult, the language used throughout the book is appropriate for children from approximately 3-4 years old. The use of correct terminology of the materials, machines and processes used to make each item of clothing creates a great opportunity to introduce many new words to younger readers, within a context they can understand. Independent readers may require some assistance with pronouncing, learning and understanding these new words.
I highly recommend both titles in the series, Where Do Clothes Come From? and Lunchbox: The Story of your Food, my four year old was completely fascinated and to tell you the truth, I was too!
Title: Where Did My Clothes Come From?
Author: Chris Butterworth
Illustrator: Lucia Gaggiotti
Publisher: Walker Books, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: 2015
For ages: 3+
Type: Junior Non Fiction, Picture Book